LONDON – Mayim Bialik, the Emmy-nominated actress who plays neurobiologist Amy
Farrah Fowler on the television show The Big Bang Theory, is going to be doing teaching gigs at
schools as part of working with Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas).
Bialik is well qualified to teach because she holds a Ph.D in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, which she managed to study for while also maintaining a career as an actress with numerous TV and film roles.
Bialik has agreed to be the official TI spokeswoman for a math and science technology project and try to inspire students to pursue science, technology engineering and math (STEM) education and careers. In part she will do this by demonstrating math on the TI Nspire-CX graphing calculator.
Students, parents and educators from around the United States are invited to enter a Texas Instruments competition called "Take Mayim back to school." The winning school will receive in-person class instruction from Bialik. The competition runs through Sept. 30, 2012 and can be found on the TI Calculators Facebook page.
However, Bialik is already working with TI and has been saying how much she is enjoying it. In a Tweet posted one week ago she said: "How I love being spokeslady for Texas Instruments: meeting fantastic students, demo'ing w/ passionate teachers, love GEAR UP!" In another she said: "At NCCEP in DC. Just demo'd the TI n-spire to 100 awesome GEAR UP high schoolers. I love math and so do they. I so love working with TI!"
Mayim Bialik, actress, neuroscientist and educator
The "Better off Ted" show is almost exactly what you're describing. An engineering firm with engineers & scientists testing the limits of the "legal grey area". Unfortunately it's no longer with us. It's gone to that great network in the sky - Netflix.
Making engineering interesting on TV is very difficult...adding sex seems like a simplest solution...why not make engineering series with sex component, something like Grey Anatomy but with engineers and not doctors? failed tape-outs, not working silicon, demanding managers, unreasonable execs and tons of relationships issues in between ;-)...Kris
It's such a rare treat to have a show like Big Bang Theory survive the ratings game as long as it has. I think Hollywood figured out they have to include enough sex in these shows to satisfy the mindless hordes and keep the show going. There was another cerebral show a while back called "Better off Ted" that I never bothered to watch because I assumed it was about some undertaker. Unfortunately, I didn't discover it until it was already cancelled, probably because it was missing the "secret ingredient". I also watched Numbers like some others mention, but It didn't do much for me, and I don't really miss it. It was a lot of gratuitous violence, and the technical dialoge was borderline techno-babble.
"Big Bang Theory" is one of my favourite shows and I love her character in the serial. I was surprised when I read this article because I never thought she is PhD holder. I also want to congratulate TI for starting this initiative. I am sure this initiative will help attract many students towards Science and Maths subjects.
Amy Farrah Fowler is NOT the STEM role model that we want. Not to take anything away from Mayim Bialik and her PhD, for which I greatly respect her, I hope that the GEAR UP program allows kids to see her as a balanced person and decidedly distinct from the one-dimensional stereotype the TV show projects.
Mayim Bialik was a well known and successful child actress staring as somebody called Blossom, amongst other things.
She may have taken a few years off to knock out the doctorate in neuroscience before getting some film roles and more television series.
I never watch "Big Bang Theory," I always followed "Numbers," and I'm certainly impressed with Amy's credentials and stamina. Doing a challenging PhD and a TV show simultaneously seems like something approaching superhuman, to me.